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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests


Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.

Michael Jainchill, a partner for RisCassi & Davis in Hartford.

Wesleyan Professor Nets $125,000 Following Car Accident

By Robert Storace |

A Wesleyan University professor who was injured when a vehicle struck the driver's side of her car has been awarded $100,000 through arbitration.

Conn. Supreme Court: DCF Can't Mandate Vaccinations Over Parental Rights

By Robert Storace |

In finding vaccinations do not constitute medical treatment, the court said the cases of parents whose rights are not terminated have the authority to say whether their children are vaccinated.

Judge Grants Family of Girl Mauled by Neighbor's Dog $130,000


The girl needed plastic surgery to repair a large gash from her right eye to her cheek, to repair a hole in her forehead and a tear in her ear lobe.

Paul Vance

Waterbury Residents Settle for $195,000 After Rear-Ended by Drunk Driver

By Robert Storace |

Robert Card had stopped his Hyundai sedan at a red light in Waterbury when it was struck by a pickup truck driven by 29-year-old Justin Lebel, according to the 2016 lawsuit filed in Waterbury Superior Court.

Connecticut Hotchkiss School

Conn. Supreme Court Backs $41.8M Award for Student Infected by Tick


The court, in response to questions from a federal appeals court, found "there was no compelling reason to create an exception in this case" for the generally understood obligation schools have to protect students.

Judgment Interest Is Capped at 10 Percent — No More, No Less


The application of two statutes providing for interest over the post-judgment period cannot be applied such that the interest rate would exceed 10 percent.

Litchfield Superior Court

New Superior Courthouse Opens Aug. 25 in Torrington


After years of planning and building, Connecticut's judicial branch has announced the new Litchfield District Superior Courthouse will open Aug. 25 in Torrington.

Michael C. Harrington

David vs. Goliath Battle Results in Step Forward for Open Government


Before this challenge, lawyers and clients have broadly used the privilege to make more things disappear than has David Copperfield, the famed illusionist.

John Cordani

Milk Producer Sues Dairy-Free Milk-Maker for Infringement

By Max Mitchell |

The complaint said TruMoon brings in more than $600 million annually, and brand awareness is at nearly 90 percent.

Connecticut Movers

By Suzanne Tullo |

Rhonda Tobin, a lawyer for Robinson & Cole, has been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017 by Benchmark Litigation.

Sterilization in Exchange for Jailhouse Leniency?


The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee called the order unconstitutional, saying judges should not play a role in a person's ability to procreate.

Court OKs Trust Fund Transfer During Beneficiary's Divorce


The contents were distributed by the trustees and placed in a new trust without the beneficiary's knowledge during his divorce.

Nationwide Reaches $5.5M Data Breach Settlement With 33 AGs

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The settlement came after the states claimed Nationwide and a subsidiary failed to apply a critical security patch to its network that could have protected it from the cyberattack.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

Berkowitz, Trager & Trager Sued Over Opinion Tied to Bad $13M Loan


UCF I Trust 1 and a trustee claim the law firm misrepresented the ownership interest of the borrower, which enticed the trust to issue the loan.

Takata airbag components

Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Mark Dubois

No Shortage of Subjects to Cover


Many folks ask me how I manage to come up with subjects to write about. My response is I wish I had more time, because I could do this full time. In fact, there's really too much to cover every few weeks in just 750 words. Here's some of what has come in since my last column.


Cop Shot by Dropped, Holstered Pistol Sues Gunmaker Sig Sauer

By Greg Land |

The officer is seeking $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages, and is demanding Sig Sauer recall the pistol or include a warning that the gun is not "drop safe" when a round is chambered.

State Supreme Court Ruling Preserves Government Immunity

By Robert Storace |

The panel ruled a man could not sue Plainfield after slipping on wet steps at the town's pool. The town pool was being rented out at the time.

Robinson & Cole's Tobin Among Benchmark's Top 250 Women

Benchmark Litigation has named Robinson & Cole lawyer Rhonda J. Tobin one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2017.

Daniel Petroskey of the Law Office of Eugene DeFronzo in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Waterbury Man Settles Car Crash Lawsuit for $95,000

By Robert Storace |

Attorneys for a 35-year-old Waterbury man injured in a 2015 collision have settled for $95,000.

Who's Bringing Women's Health to the Table?


Last spring when the president and vice president met with members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative male lawmakers, to determine the fate of maternity coverage in health care plans, as photos made abundantly clear, women were not at the table.

Judge Rules Death Lawsuit Against Bristol Can Move Forward

By Robert Storace |

Using the limited identifiable person/imminent harm exception to governmental immunity, a state Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit brought by the estate of a woman murdered by her husband may go forward against the Bristol Police Department.

Millions at Stake In Quarrel Over High Court Divorce Ruling

By Michael Marciano |

Connecticut matrimonial attorneys are at odds over a state Supreme Court ruling that some say arbitrarily broadens the scope of asset protection at the outset of divorce proceedings, and could further clog an overburdened court system with disputes over personal financial transactions.

Monte Frank Joins Pullman & Comley

Frank is the immediate past president of both the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the New England Bar Association.

Examining the Boundaries Under Conn.'s Family Car Doctrine

By Jeremy H. D'Amico and Michael A. D'Amico |

The family car doctrine is a misnomer of sorts. It is not limited to those in consanguinity with the owner.

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In Big Leap, SCOTUS Announces E-Filing Is Coming Soon

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that electronic filing of case documents will be required beginning on November 13 and virtually all new filings will be available free of cost to the public. The system will not be part of PACER, the longstanding operation used by lower federal courts, which charges for documents by the page.

Donald Trump with Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP

Lawyer in Seth Rich Suit Insists Politics Played No Part in Fox, Trump Claims

By Miriam Rozen |

New York lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a backer of President Donald Trump in last year's election, said Wednesday he didn't let politics affect his decision to file a headline-grabbing lawsuit this week on behalf of Fox News commentator and private investigator Rod Wheeler.

Inflatable Pool Toy Fight Leaks Into Conn. Courtroom

By Robert Storace |

BigMouth Inc. filed suit Tuesday in U.S. district court in Connecticut claiming an inflatable pineapple float made by Kangaroo Manufacturing is strikingly similar.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

DC Circuit Twice Says Democratic State AGs Can Fight Trump

By Cogan Schneier |

Democratic state attorneys general scored two wins in D.C. Circuit Court in 24 hours allowing them to defend Obama-era health care and environment policies under threat from Republicans and the Trump administration.

Conn. Man Sues to Block Termination of Courtney Honda Franchise

By Robert Storace |

The auto manufacturer moved to cancel its franchise agreement after the owner was convicted of nine misdemeanors in two states.

Ocean State Job Lot Socked With 2nd 'Gray Market' Battery Suit

By Robert Storace |

The prospective class action lawsuit comes on the heels of a separate suit Duracell filed against the discount chain.

'Aspen' Trademark Leads to Patent Troll Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

At issue are "Aspen" handbags sold by Vincent Camuto under the "Lucky" brand, which Aspen Licensing claims is a violation of its trademarks.

Redesigned Supreme Court website.

Updated SCOTUS Website Gets Mixed Reviews

By Tony Mauro |

The Supreme Court's re-launched site is more mobile-friendly but leaves serious court watchers itching for digital updates that are more than cosmetic.

Sarah Cormier's car after it was struck by a car driven by Sheikh Ilyas. Cormier recently settled with Ilyas and another driver involved in the accident for $200,000.

Woman in Parked Car Gets $200,000 After Accident


The woman, who was parked along the side of the street, suffered injuries to her face and knee after a vehicle involved in a separate crash veered into her.

Fatal Car Accident Nets $5.3 Million Settlement for Family

By Robert Storace |

The estate of a 74-year-old New York man killed instantly in a head-on collision in North Canaan has settled a case for $5.3 million.

The State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.

Shame on Legislature, Rich Towns for Promoting Housing Segregation


By obstructing access to funding for anyone living in a "redlined" area, choices for health care, education, retail, banking and groceries are severely limited, stifling the livelihoods and pursuits of an entire group of people.

Amicus Groups Try to Sway Conn. Supreme Court in Sandy Hook Hearing


As the Connecticut Supreme Court prepares to hear a case pitting families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook shooting against gun manufacturers Remington and Bushmaster, a variety of groups have staked out sides in amicus briefs in an attempt to sway the decision.

Trantolo & Trantolo MDA Ride and Concert event

Trantolo & Trantolo Hosts 3rd Annual Ride and Concert for MDA

The Trantolo & Trantolo personal injury firm co-sponsored the third annual Ride and Concert July 9, raising nearly $200,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Connecticut and bringing total donations to more than $450,000 to date.

Police at the home on Dogwood Drive, in Easton, Conn. where Gonzalo Guizan was shot and killed by police during a raid on May 18th, 2008.

Swatting Is a Crime—And Rightly So


"Swatting" has a new meaning, which made its way into the Oxford Dictionaries a few years ago: "The action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address."

Solar panels

Solar Energy vs. Farmland Pits Green Against Green


An unfortunate kerfuffle has risen between those wanting to preserve prime agricultural land — some of it lying fallow in Connecticut's moribund farming economy — and another constituency also on the green side of things seeking more renewable energy through photovoltaics.

Andrew Groher, an owner of RisCassi & Davis in Hartford, Connecticut.

Man Hit by Speeding Car Settles for $1.37M


Nicholas Jacuby suffered permanent leg injuries after his own car was broadsided in the accident.

Aaron Romano is the owner of Aaron J. Romano, P.C. Attorneys at Law in Bloomfield, CT

Expert in Marijuana Legalization Talks Cannabis

By Robert Storace |

Aaron Romano has fought for advocates like the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Law to broaden access to cannabis.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden of Connecticut

Woman Claims She Was Fired to Boost Benefits for Firm's Partners


The lawsuit claims she was intentionally fired weeks before she became vested in the firm's ERISA plan.

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cheerleaders Fail to Score With Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Against NFL

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The NFL has shut down its cheerleaders' lawsuit over their skimpy paychecks.

Former Executive Sues for Gender and Age Discrimination


A former top executive at Noble Americas Corp. terminated in January has sued the Stamford-based company, claiming she faced gender and age discrimination, retaliation and verbal abuse.

Ndidi Moses of the Connecticut Bar Association

Diversity Is Key, CBA's New Leaders Say


While diversity and inclusiveness are not new concepts to the Connecticut Bar Association, newly elected officers of the tightly knit group are lauding recent strides the organization has made, including electing four women officers out of the total seven this year, with women of color assuming the presidential and vice presidential roles.

Trademark Suit Brewing Over 'Vidalia Chop Wizard' Mark


The marketing company that owns the trademark rights to the "Chop Wizard" and "Vidalia Chop Wizard" is suing a competitor for marketing and selling the "Vidalia Chopper Pro."

The Legacy of 'In Re: Gault,' 50 Years On


Fifty years ago on May 15, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark decision of In Re: Gault. Connecticut's commitment to juvenile justice has given us hope that the legacy of Gault will continue to be honored for another 50 years.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a number of criminal law reform proposals on Nov. 6 at a Connecticut Law Review symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Our Message to the General Assembly: Do Not Override Governor's Affordable Housing Veto


Substitute House Bill 6880 is the product of raw politics and communities that are willing to lobby heavily to keep out people of even modest means and instead allow only expensive homes that pay more in taxes.

Duracell Sues Retailer for Trademark Infringement


Duracell claims Ocean State is selling and marketing infringing "grey market" batteries meant for sale in foreign countries.

Manny Cicchiello of the Hartford law firm Cicchiello & Cicchiello.

Former Wells Fargo Employee Claims He Was Fired for Talking Ethics


A former district manager claims he was fired in retaliation for discussing with employees a separate scandal hitting the bank.

Melissa A. Federico of Murtha Cullina

Melissa Federico Joins Board of Lawyers for Children America

Melissa A. Federico of Hartford's Murtha Cullina has been elected to the board of directors of Lawyers for Children America.

Jared M. Alfin, a partner with Hassett & George.

Jared M. Alfin Named Partner at Hassett & George

Jared M. Alfin has been named a partner at Simsbury-based Hassett & George. Alfin has been practicing since 2004.

Diane Whitney

Science and Evidence: The Future Is Now

By Diane W. Whitney |

If a manufacturer of a product knows that the product will, or could, cause harm to people with a genetic sensitivity to it, must it issue a warning? That question opens up a whole panoply of concerns.

Calling All Contributing Authors

On Aug. 21, the Connecticut Law Tribune will publish its special section on insurance law and we're seeking submissions from contributing authors.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Avoiding Minefields of Risks as Replacement Counsel

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

"If the statute of limitation has expired in a plaintiff's personal injury case and there are no other options, new counsel may compound the error by attempting solutions that have no chance of success."

L-R John Cerrata and Jennifer Shukla.

Navigating Recent Changes to Connecticut Design Law

By Jennifer Shukla and John Cerreta, Day Pitney |

The Bifolck and Izzarelli opinions explain that, in virtually all design defect cases, Connecticut courts must apply the risk-utility test, previously known as the modified consumer expectations test, to determine whether a product is unreasonably dangerous.

Danbury Housing Discrimination Suit Ends in $50,000 Settlement


The Connecticut Fair Housing Center notched a $50,000 settlement against a landlord and a real estate agent accused of not allowing a tenant to pay some of her rent with a federal Housing Choice Voucher, also known as Section 8.

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

Support Fair Wage for Connecticut Judges


Our judges are underpaid in terms of their peers across the country. The General Assembly voted these raises four years ago. It is right that the promise should be kept, and the judicial unions should support it.

Former Conn. Attorney Sentenced to 30 Months for Role in Scheme


A former Bridgeport-based attorney has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his part in a long-running fraud scheme that targeted distressed homeowners throughout Connecticut.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven.

Parents of Toddler Sue Manufacturer After Son Ingests Lamp Fuel Oil


The parents of a 2-year-old Fairfield boy who ingested clear liquid lamp fuel oil have sued the manufacturer, claiming the company should have known its merchandise could be misconstrued as a container of water.

Man Sues Police Officer After Collision


A New Haven man injured after a North Haven police officer struck his motor scooter while in high pursuit of another vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the town.

Being Prepared Can Save Attorneys Major Headaches in the Long Run

By Suzanne B. Sutton, Cohen and Wolf |

My daughter recently graduated high school. She is off to college in a couple of months, and I am setting up a cot at my Cohen and Wolf office, where I will be working the rest of my life to pay her tuition. She may want to be a doctor. Can I bill in the afterlife?

Himzija Selimovic was seriously injured in this January 2014 accident in Hartford.

Hartford Man Gets $425,000 in Freak Car Accident


A 54-year-old Hartford man who was the victim of a freak accident in which a van tumbled onto his car has settled his lawsuit for $425,000.

SOS Inmate-Run Program Impresses


While our corrections system has a large number of credible outside agency prison programs assisting inmates to a smoother transition into the community, it is an inmate-created program that is raising eyebrows across the state.

Number of LSAT Test-Takers Surges. Is It a Trump Bump?


The hoped-for law school “Trump Bump” might actually have legs. The number of people who took the Law School Admission Test in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009. (Legal education observers will remember that the 2010-11 academic year was the high-water mark for national law school enrollment before a steady, six-year decline.)

Texas attorney Austin Tighe

Texas Attorney Going to Bat for Conn. Native American Tribe


When noted Texas attorney Austin Tighe was sought to represent the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against Connecticut, he said he jumped at the opportunity.

High-Profile Team Sues Trump Campaign, Alleging Role in DNC Hack

By Cogan Schneier |

A group of prominent lawyers is behind a new lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of Democratic donors against President Donald Trump and Roger Stone, who has advised Trump in an informal capacity.

Gillette razors

Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.

Mark Dubois

Duty of Candor Can Make for Tricky Triangle


I recently had the privilege of working with two judges on different CLE programs, both dealing with the issue of candor to the tribunal. It's a sticky, tricky subject — both for the bench and the bar.

STP High Mileage Oil Treatment

Armor All/STP Says Competitor Stole 'High Mileage' Trademark


The Danbury-based Armor All/STP Products Co. has filed a federal trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming intentional misuse of the "High Mileage" phrase and logo.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

State Supreme Court Denies 'Double Dip' for Local Mayor


The state's high court has ruled that the controversial mayor of East Haven may not collect on his firefighter's pension while he is receiving his salary as mayor.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

$28 Million Tobacco Verdict Upheld by Second Circuit


A Connecticut jury's damages award of more than $28 million in a suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—and the sum stands to grow, as the court also remanded for reconsideration of punitive damages.

Nine More Reprimands From Busy Month of May

By Michael Marciano |

Connecticut's Statewide Grievance Committee has released summaries with results of the following disciplinary hearings held in May. Complaints included violations of rules of professional conduct, problems associated with drugs and/or alcohol, neglect of clients' cases and stealing funds from clients.

James I Glasser (seated) and Joseph W. Martini of Wiggins & Dana in New Haven Connecticut. .Photo by MIa Malafronte

Exploring the Boundaries of the Fifth Amendment

By Joe Martini and James Glasser, Wiggin and Dana |

The "act of production" doctrine gestated in the 1970s, when the absolute protection traditionally afforded "private books and papers" gave way to a more nuanced evaluation of whether the act of selecting and producing material, regardless of its content, could be construed as "testimonial" in nature.

Attorney Suspended for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands From Clients


A former Hartford attorney who is facing criminal larceny charges for allegedly defrauding several clients—including one for more than $200,000—has been placed on interim suspension from the practice of law until further notice.

The State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.

States Flex Their Constitutional Muscles

By Editorial Board |

Asking the Connecticut Legislature to rule on these matters might impede its rapid progress on approving a budget.

Are There Too Many Law Schools?

By Editorial Board |

Have you heard of Charlotte School of Law, or of Whittier Law School? Well, you may not hear of them for much longer. Both were scheduled to close this year, though in both cases there were campaigns by faculty and alumni to keep them open.

Yale University

Yale Associate Professor Claims Sexual Harassment Led to Firing


Negative statements about Byrne's research work began soon after she "moved pillows to avoid contact with professor Gonzalez Echevarria's lap" in October 2014, the suit asserts.

Deadline Extended: Connecticut Legal Awards

The Connecticut Law Tribune is accepting nominations in seven categories The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its third annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Against Unexpected Conflicts of Interest

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Some attorneys are ignorant of the risks that can be created outside the traditional attorney-client relationship.

Harry Mazadoorian

Recognizing Universal Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques


One of Connecticut's oldest and most distinguished ADR organizations is Community Mediation Inc. Frequently operating without fanfare and appropriate recognition, CMI toils tirelessly to resolve those disputes which tear at the fabric of everyday life, such as domestic disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, parent/teen misunderstanding, property line disputes and even barking dogs, just to mention a few.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Student Loan Skirmish Becomes War as 19 AGs Sue DeVos

By Cogan Schneier |

A group of 19 Democratic state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday to stop the Trump administration's rollback of an Obama-era regulation intended to protect student loan borrowers.

Dennis Cavanaugh, left, and Gregory Faulkner of Robinson & Cole

Robinson & Cole Lawyers Get National Fellowships

Robinson & Cole lawyers Gregory R. Faulkner and Dennis C. Cavanaugh have accepted fellowships with the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Faulkner is chairman and Cavanaugh is a member of Robinson & Cole's Construction Group.

James Sullivan of Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald

Student Bullied at Conn. Private School Files Lawsuit

By Robert Storace |

A lawsuit against Avon Old Farms School has been drawn up, claiming the private boarding facility failed to prevent 20 months of constant bullying against one of its students, who eventually became suicidal.

Colt's Manufacturing Company logo.

Colt Sues One-Man Shop for Trademark Infringement

By Robert Storace |

Colt's Manufacturing Co., one of the largest and oldest makers of firearms in the country, is suing a one-man shop in Texas for federal trademark infringement violations.


Connecticut Man Seriously Injured in Crash Gets $425,000


Attorneys for a 48-year-old Wethersfield man who suffered injuries that required surgery following a November 2013 car crash have agreed on a $425,000 settlement. The injured driver has also received $240,000 in workers' compensation because he had been driving a company vehicle. The workers' compensation claim remains open.

John R. Williams

Hartford Police Officer Sues Over Age Discrimination


A 63-year-old former police officer has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the Hartford Police Department claiming she was assigned to the patrol division despite her advanced age and should have been allowed to "bump" less senior officers for a less strenuous position.

Apologies in Context


In the context of ordinary, day-to-day life, when a child does something that is hurtful or wrong adults demand an apology from that child. Presumably, the purpose is to teach the child a valuable "lesson." Perhaps the lesson is simply about our values. After all, why do we insist in such circumstances that a child must apologize? And why are we careful to ensure that it is genuine or heartfelt when the child eventually does offer an apology? Answers to these questions implicate our core values.

Abip Sadiku, right, with his wife, Lindita Sadiku.

Hospital Sued After Man Dies for Lack of Medical Care


The family of a Woodbury man who died after he was allegedly left in the hallway of Waterbury Hospital for three hours without proper medical attention for an aortic dissection has sued the hospital.

Freedom of Speech and Patient Safety Prevail Over Gun Lobby

In the first few years of a child's life, a pediatrician will ask parents a series of questions about household safety: Do you have a pool? Where do you keep cleaning supplies? Do you smoke? Do you have pets? What is the temperature setting on your water heater? Do you own a gun? Such inquiries appropriately explore patient safety at home.

Monte Frank and Karen DeMeola of the Connecticut Bar Association

Diversity and Inclusion Are Themes for New CBA President


With changing politics, technologies and business models affecting the legal industry in a state mired in a seemingly endless fiscal crisis, the Connecticut Bar Association's new president, Karen DeMeola, begins her term amid many challenges, but she says she is up to the task.

Second Circuit Scolds Attorney in Car Dealership Case


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that an arbitrator who awarded nearly $50,000 to a woman who claimed a car dealership violated the Truth in Lending Act did not close the door to new evidence in the case. The Second Circuit was also highly critical of an attorney for the dealership.

Mark Dubois

Nontraditional Representation Faces Latest Growing Pains


New Jersey lowered the boom on AVVO and LegalZoom the other day, finding their practice models violated a number of ethics rules, including fee sharing with nonlawyers and operation of an unlicensed referral service. I doubt this marks the end of them — it's more like a speed bump — but what our chief justice had to say the other day on alternative forms of dispute resolution is probably much more important.

James Cummings of the Cummings Law Firm in Waterbury, Connecticut

Wolcott Man to Get $600,000 From Workers' Comp


Attorneys for former electrician Ronald Manka of Wolcott and several insurance companies have agreed to settle workers' compensation claims totaling more than $600,000.

Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the 11th Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009.

Lawyers for Hulk Hogan Now Piloting Palin's Defamation Case Against the Times

By Andrew Denney |

In Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times the former vice presidential candidate and conservative firebrand has hired two lawyers who know something about cases in which high-profile plaintiffs go up against media businesses.

Quinnipiac Law Students Combat Human Trafficking


Law students at Quinnipiac University are training hospitality workers how to identify and report signs of human trafficking.

Bill Cosby.

Law Profs Offer Theories for Cosby Outcome


The school year is over, but law professors were seemingly everywhere this weekend helping media outlets unpack the mistrial in Bill Cosby’s closely watched sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania.

17 Pro Bono Matters That Big Law Championed

Am Law 200 firms took on a huge range of pro bono causes in 2016. Here are a few of the most interesting.

Fujifilm Faces Patent Suit Over Mammogram Technology


In its federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Monday, Hologic Inc. claims Fujifilm infringed five of its mammogram technology patents.

Deployed Takata air bag

Takata Faces Conn. Wrongful Death Suit Over Defective Air Bag


The lawsuit claims a Connecticut woman was seriously injured and killed when her air bag "exploded" during an accident.

Vineyard Vines

Retailer's Use of Vineyard Vines Trademark Leads to Legal Spat


The clothing company claims the retailer is not an authorized distributor of its products, and is illegally using the company's pink whale trademark.

Day Pitney's summer associate class of 2017

Day Pitney Welcomes Summer Associate Class

Day Pitney has announced the arrival of its summer associate class of 2017. Five law students are working as residents in the firm's Hartford and Stamford offices for 10 weeks. Four others are working out of the firm's Parsippany, New Jersey, office.

Attorney Adrian Baron

Lawyer Nets $125,000 Settlement for His Mother Injured in Crash


Adrian Baron said he usually recommends not representing family members, but this case was different.

Overdoses killed more than 900 Connecticut residents last year.

Legislators Ask Lawyers for Help With Deadly Crisis


With Connecticut ranked third in the nation in the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, legislators are asking attorneys to speak up and try to help reverse the worsening public health nightmare.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

Hooray to State Supreme Court's Equal Protection for Attorneys


In its recently released decision in "Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder," the Connecticut Supreme Court did the bar of this state a great service by quite properly ending the risk that an attorney facing a grievance complaint could end up defending an ancient claim made impossible to defend by the passage of time.

President Donald Trump

Connecticut Taxpayers Could Suffer Under Trump Proposal


The lost revenue from doubling the standard deductions would be funded by part of the increased revenue from eliminating the deduction for local and state taxes.

George T. Holler, founder of Milford, Conn.-based Holler Law Firm

Holler Wins National Leadership Award

Milford-based Holler Law Firm managing attorney George T. Holler received the October Research 2017 Leadership Award at the National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

Alex Jones being interviewed by Megyn Kelly of NBC News.

Sandy Hook Victims' Families Getting Too Much Deference

By Chris Powell |

Deference to the families of the schoolchildren and educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 has gone much too far.

Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly

After Alex Jones Interview, Lawyers Dismiss Odds for Sandy Hook Lawsuit


An attorney representing several of the families of Sandy Hook victims vaguely threatened legal action in a letter urging NBC not to air Jones' interview with Megyn Kelly.

Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), speaking at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C., on the subject of “Financial Regulation: What to Expect Next from the Trump Administration and Congress,” on June 21, 2017.

Trump and Cordray Are 'Two Bulls Circling Each Other,' GOP Lawmaker Says

By C. Ryan Barber |

Financial Services Roundtable hosted a regulatory reform panel Wednesday in Washington, where Covington & Burling partner John Dugan, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of the House Financial Services Committee, and others offered observations about what's happening, and what's next.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Tensions Between Government Investigations and Attorney-Client Confidentiality


What would you do if the FBI, or some other government agency, came knocking on your door asking questions about a client who is of interest, but not yet the subject of a formal investigation? Do you disclose details of your client's business? Do you show them financial documents and legal files?

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Virtual Currency 'Miners' Ordered to Pay $12.4 Million


A Ponzi scheme involving online currency has come to a crashing halt with two Connecticut technology companies hit with a $12.4 million default judgment.

Richard Hayber of The Hayber Law Firm

FedEx Picks Up New Overtime Lawsuit From Drivers


The suit claims FedEx is illegally avoiding paying overtime by claiming delivery drivers are really employed by companies called independent service providers.

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

While social media can be a valuable marketing tool, careless attorneys can undermine the benefits of social media in the time it takes to tweet.

Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017. in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo)

Cosby Case Ends in Mistrial, DA Plans Retrial This Year

By Lizzy McLellan |

Capping more than five days of jury deliberations and years of debate in the court of public opinion, Bill Cosby's criminal trial ended in mistrial on Saturday, after a Pennsylvania jury failed reach a verdict on charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand. 

Bench Trial Clears Attorney of Mishandling Estate Eviction


A Stamford Superior Court judge ruled there was nothing wrong with the way attorney Thomas Drew handled the eviction proceedings.

Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch walks down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after his Investiture ceremony on June 15, 2017.

When It Comes to Judges, Style Matters


In deciding specific cases, judges often need to decide what complex or vague rules mean for similar cases. If the public can read an opinion and say, "Aha, now I know what that rule means," the rule of law is greatly enhanced.

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Connecticut Reacts to Va. Gun Attack as SCOTUS Confers Over Restrictions

By Michael Marciano and Marcia Coyle |

As FBI investigators sought to clarify the motive behind Wednesday's brazen shooting attack on congressional Republicans during practice for a charity baseball game in Virginia, key voices in Connecticut's gun-control debate sounded off Thursday, while the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to confer over a challenge to concealed-carry restrictions in California.

Legal Requiem for a Heavyweight


The bar of the state of Connecticut lost a legendary figure with the recent death of Raymond W. Ganim of Stratford. Few, if any, lawyers had his record for success in a courtroom, particularly in state and federal criminal cases.

Mark Dubois

The More Things Change ...


I feel like I'm caught is some weird, warped time loop — reliving, again and again, spectacular lawyer self-destructions. The last few weeks brought press reports of guilty pleas from several of our brethren. Change the names, and they could be any one of many, many I've seen before.

Xavier Pryor

Woman Injured in Emergency Exit Sues United Airlines


The lawsuit claims flight staff were negligent in failing to provide proper instructions when telling passengers to jump 6 feet off the plan.

Wiggin and Dana Welcomes 7 Summer Associates

Wiggin and Dana has announced the arrival of its 2017 summer associate class. The group is composed of six second-year law students, and one first-year law student who will split his time between Wiggin and Dana and the Yale-New Haven Health System.

James O. Ruane of Ruane Attorneys, Shelton, Connecticut.

Top Connecticut DUI Lawyer Eyes Pace of Change


An expert on DUI law in Connecticut, James O. Ruane has been an early adopter of the latest technology in defending Connecticut residents in DUI cases since 1988.

Harry Mazadoorian

Part II: Making Critical Decisions During Mediation


Early ex parte communications are permitted in mediation, and they can be extremely productive.

John R. Williams

JetBlue Sued Over Conn. Woman's Allergic Reaction to Dogs


The lawsuit claims the woman needed to be hospitalized after the airline ignored her requests for medical accommodations aboard a flight.

Keith Murray of Ansonia, Connecticut

Former Student Hit by Car Passing Stopped School Bus Gets $420K


The student's attorney claimed video of the accident showed the driver was doing twice the speed limit at the time of the accident.

Bushmaster AR15

Sandy Hook Families Claim Gun Makers 'Distorting' Negligent Entrustment Doctrine


The attorneys representing the Sandy Hook families in their lawsuit against gun manufacturers Remington and Bushmaster went after the gun makers' legal claims in their latest court filings, accusing them of being inaccurate, misleading and distorting the real meaning of negligent entrustment.

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the home of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) from 1874 to 1891.

Former Publicist With Anxiety Claims Mark Twain House Illegally Fired Him


The former museum employee claims he was fired after taking six weeks of leave to treat his anxiety.

From left, Quinnipiac Law School Dean Jennifer Brown, Ms. USA Universal Kristina Marinkovich, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Miss USA Princess Mara DeLuco and Mrs. USA Universal Kimberly Beaudoin celebrated the 2017 National High School Mock Trial Championship coming to Hartford during a visit to Dunkin Donuts Stadium, home of the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team.

Civics First Pulls Off National Mock Trial Event in Hartford


Hundreds of students, volunteers, attorneys and judges took part in the National High School Mock Trial Championship hosted by Civics First in Hartford recently.

Michael Marciano, Bureau Chief, Connecticut Law Tribune/American Lawyer Media.

Marciano Settles Into Role as Law Tribune Bureau Chief

Connecticut-bred journalist Michael Marciano is the newest bureau chief at the Connecticut Law Tribune, a post he assumed in mid-March. He has previously covered news, entertainment and sports in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, most recently as managing editor of the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press newspapers.

Home-Schooled Children Don't Escape Regulation


It is unfortunate that before the Connecticut Law Tribune's editorial board published the article "It's Time To Regulate Home Schooling" the board did not reach out to those who know the most and have the facts about home schooling. Had the board done so, it certainly would have been more informed, and the article published would have reflected more accurately existing history, law and custom.

US. District Judge Alfred V. Covello

Attorney Faces Prison for Ponzi Scheme That Used Client Funds


Peter Ressler, a former partner with Groob, Ressler & Mulqueen in New Haven, pleaded guilty to stealing funds from clients in what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.

Judge Cites Cruelty in Threats Against Sandy Hook Victim's Dad

By Curt Anderson |

U.S. District Judge James Cohn lectures a woman about "alternative facts" and sends her to prison after she admits sending threatening messages.

Joseph M. Porto, Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell partner

Pre-Existing Arthritis or Crash Injuries? Jury Sides With Conn. Man Over Liberty Mutual


The jury awarded the man $199,843 after he was injured in a crash with an underinsured driver.

Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis

Paul Clement, NRA File to Appear in Sandy Hook Litigation


The conservative-leaning Clement has been a go-to attorney for the NRA on gun issues.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Guarding Against Misconduct, Mistakes and Ethical Violations


Law firms cannot be expected to micromanage employees, and instead they rely on attorneys and staff members to perform their duties in a legal or ethical manner. However, while firms may be confident that employees will conform their behavior to applicable standards, there are inevitably times when even those most outwardly competent employees may conduct themselves with less-than-perfect ethics or otherwise make a mistake.

Trucker Gets $425,000 Verdict for Wrongful Termination


The driver claimed he was fired after refusing to haul a load that exceeded federal weight limits.

State Announces Disciplinary Matters for April

The state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has announced the following actions for the month of April.

It's Time to Examine Regulating Home Schooling


Home schooling can be successful and healthy, work well for many families and should be an educational option available to parents. There are, however, instances of abusive or neglectful parents who are able to hide their mistreatment of their children because they home-school.

Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.

News Media Should Be Helpful to DCF


Since 1965, Connecticut has had a statute designed "to require the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect" to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families by certain individuals who care for or interact with children.

Adam Levitt, DiCello Levitt & Casey

Investors Claim Priceline Cheated Them by Hiding Acquisition

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

An investor in travel site's parent company has sued the company for allegedly defrauding it out of millions in investment opportunities.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part IV (Conclusion)

By Eric W. Wiechmann |

A quick way to lose credibility with the arbitrator is being too argumentative or trying to disparage opposing counsel or witnesses.

Making Critical Decisions in the Mediation Process

By Harry N. Mazadoorian |

As practitioners shift up to an expanded use of mediation and as increasingly sophisticated mediation nuances emerge, lawyers are faced with a wider range of decisions concerning how to proceed.

Danielle M. Bercury

Danielle Bercury Joins Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman

Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman has hired Danielle M. Bercury as a senior associate in its real estate and land use practice groups.

Safeco Reaches $100,000 Settlement in Wake of Accident

By Robert Storace |

Allstate could also face a lawsuit over another $150,000 tied to an underinsured motorist policy.

US. District Court Judge Alfred V. Covello.

Federal Courts Push to End Conn. Prisoner Civil Rights Backlog

By Robert Storace |

Nearly a quarter of the civil cases that are at least three years old are prisoner civil rights cases, many of which involve pro se representation.

David Quatrella

Attorney Gets Prison for Insurance Fraud


U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson handed down the sentence to 62-year-old David Quatrella, who pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

This was the scene of C. Andrew Riley’s Pomfret home after a fire gutted it in February 2009. While the town’s fire marshal concluded the fire was accidental, Traveler’s Insurance maintained that Riley set his own house on fire with a kerosene heater, which was found nearby. Traveler’s refused to pay for the damages and a jury awarded Riley $1.5 million. The state’s Appellate Court upheld that verdict this week..

Appeals Court Upholds $1M Emotional Distress Verdict

By Robert Storace |

C. Andrew Riley sued Travelers for breach of contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress for failing to cover his losses after a 2009 house fire.

Target Settlement Is Million-Dollar Win for Connecticut AG

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's Office scored a lead role in negotiating an $18.5 million settlement between 47 states and the Target Corp. over a massive data breach at the company that jeopardized as many as 100 million customers.

Ivo Labar, Kerr and Wagstaffe, San Francisco.

Hartford Insurance Must Face Calif. 'Lowballing' Class Action

By Greg Land |

A federal judge has certified a class of nearly 20,000 California policyholders represented by Kerr & Wagstaffe in a suit claiming routine underpayment of damaged property claims.

Conn. Attorney Suspended for Mortgage Fraud Scheme


Bradford Barneys was suspended for working as the attorney on behalf of the man who defrauded homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.

Robert E. Kaelin

Murtha Cullina Attorneys Elected to HCBA Board

Murtha Cullina partner Robert E. Kaelin has been elected the 83rd president of the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA), the oldest bar association in the United States. Joining him on the board is fellow Murtha Cullina attorney Melissa A. Federico.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part III

By Eric W. Wiechmann |

As arbitration is meant to be relatively expeditious and inexpensive, arbitrators are generally reluctant to encourage or allow the use of prehearing motions. There are times when such motions may aid the process and should be considered. Motions in aid of prehearing exchange of information are often wanted but parties should confer with each other before contacting the arbitrator to see if there would be agreement on a discovery issue.

Mark Dubois

There Ought to Be a Rule ...

By Mark Dubois |

A number of recent events have brought me to the conclusion that we'd all be better off with a rule that makes it mandatory that someone who has a beef with a lawyer first bring their complaint to the attention of whatever judge, court, board or body that has jurisdiction over the matter before going to the grievance committee. Here are some examples and why this might be a good idea.

Joseph Martini, a partner at Wiggin and Dana, New Haven, Conn.

Fourth Amendment Exception Allows Customs to Search Personal Devices

By Joe Martini and James Glasser, Wiggin and Dana |

CBP agents can search cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices of those entering or leaving the country, regardless of citizenship.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Client Funds and Your Firm From Hackers

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

Cyberattacks can take many forms: phishing emails, greenmail attacks, Trojan Horses and others. Many law firms concerned about this issue focus primarily on safeguarding confidential information belonging to clients in an effort to meet their obligations under Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, one recent trend in cyber scamming creates additional risks for attorneys: attacks that are targeted on law firm trust accounts.

Joseph R. Rossetti, an associate with the Middlebury law firm of Moore, O’Brien & Foti.

Motorcyclist Takes $1.3M Settlement in Crash Caught on Camera


Jeffrey Cipriano, whose life was likely saved by his helmet, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash.

Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman for FBI Gets Mixed Support From Conn. Attorneys

By Robert Storace |

Proponents of Lieberman's potential nominee as FBI director praised him for his independence. Opponents point out he is quick to placate to the president.

Michael Shea

Jury Orders Rabbi to Pay $20 Million for Sex Abuse

By Robert Storace |

The federal jury found Rabbi Daniel Greer was liable of civil chargers tied to the sexual abuse of a former student.

Eric Wiechmann

Tips on Arbitration Advocacy, Part II


One of the most important steps in ensuring an effective arbitration is to be fully prepared for the preliminary hearing that will be held by the arbitrators soon after they have been appointed.

Timothy P. Pothin of the New Haven firm of Faxon Law Group

Jury Ignores Cocaine Defense in $6.4M Accident Verdict


The key issue was whether cocaine allegedly used by the victim the night before was a factor in the fatal traffic accident.

Eric Seeger.

Connecticut Not Ripe for Major Firm M&A Activity


Despite being home to many successful firms, Connecticut isn't particularly fertile ground for law firm mergers and acquisitions. The annual number of tie-ups never reaches double digits, according to consultant data, and experts seem to agree this trend will continue for the foreseeable future in the "Land of Steady Habits."

Charles Goetsch

Omnicare Settles 28-State Whistleblower Complaint for $8M

By Robert Storace |

The prescription drug company denied allegations that it falsely billed Medicaid and Medicare while agreeing to the settlement.

Joe Lieberman.

Shaghticoke Tribe: Sovereign Immunity Can't Get Conn. Out of $610M Case


The tribe claims it has standing to bring the lawsuit, which claims the state illegally took reservation land.

Legislature Votes Correctly Against Youth Conversion Therapy


We commend the state Legislature for its overwhelming vote in support of a ban on conversion therapy. This is about genetics; conversion therapy doesn't work and needed to be banned.

Not All Medical History Needs To Be Secret


If policymakers, out of a mistaken sense of delicacy, avoid setting reasonable limits on medical secrecy, the larger society will be worse off as a result.

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle Adam Lanza used in the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults.

Gunmakers Urge Conn. Supreme Court to Toss Sandy Hook Case


Remington and Bushmaster claim the families lack standing to bring the liability lawsuit, and that they are protected by a federal law.

Sun Shade Backpack Beach Chair

Las Vegas Trade Show Ends in Conn. Patent Suit

By Robert Storace |

Rio Brands claims a competitor's product on display at the National Hardware Show violates its own patent for a beach chair that folds into a backpack.

(l-r) Michael Daly Hawkins, Ronald Gould, and Richard Paez.

What 9th Circuit Is Saying About Trump's New Travel Ban

By Ross Todd |

At the outset of the closely watched hearing, Circuit Judges Ronald Gould, Michael Daly Hawkins and Richard Pae kept their questions narrowly focused. But acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall was quickly called to defend Trump's motivation for the order and allegations that it discriminates against Muslims.

Stanley A. Twardy Jr.

5 Questions With Stanley Twardy Jr.: White-Collar Litigation and DOJ's Future


The Day Pitney partner discusses where he sees the Justice Department focusing its efforts going forward under Trump.

Robinson & Cole Lawyer Named National Insurance Fellow

Robinson & Cole lawyer Rhonda J. Tobin has been elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

U.S. Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Overtime Suit Seeks Backpay From 2 Conn. Hospitals


The prospective class action lawsuit would include advanced practice registered nurses and physician's assistants at Waterbury and St. Mary's hospitals.

Court Time Is Valuable — Don't Waste It

By Alexander J. Cuda and Yakov Pyetranker |

Connecticut's courts have long recognized the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied.

Eric Wiechmann

Suggestions for Effective Arbitration Advocacy, Part I


There is usually ample flexibility in working with the arbitrator in establishing an efficient process.

The Travelers Insurance Co. logo is displayed on the company's office building in Hartford, Connecticut.

Umbrella Logo Leads to Trademark Fight With Travelers


The insurance giant claims a Nashville financial management company is infringing its iconic red umbrella mark.


Handicapping Disciplinary Cases

At best, handicapping our Supreme Court is an inexact science, but if several recent cases give any indication, I think the pendulum there is swinging in favor of attorneys in discipline matters.

Mother Accepts $1.2M Settlement in Death of 5-Year-Old Son


The boy was accidently struck and killed by his grandfather while playing in the driveway of his home.


Aetna Class Action Granted for Denying Mental Health Claims


The insurance provider is accused of improperly denying claims for transcranial magnetic stimulation used to treat severe depression.

Support for Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Of the many laudable bills wending their way through the Judiciary Committee of our Legislature, one in particular deserves our attention and support. Senate Bill 981, An Act Concerning Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation And A Special Motion To Dismiss, is an attempt for Connecticut to join some 29 other states and the District of Columbia in having a so-called anti-SLAPP statute.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump — A Clear and Present Danger to America


On May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the official who was leading a federal investigation into questionable, and possibly illegal, connections between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. The firing is eerily reminiscent of the "Saturday Night Massacre," the evening in October 1973 when President Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

Attorney Gets Prison Sentence for Bilking Clients of Nearly $1M


John O'Brien, 53, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December for using funds from one client to pay debts owed to others.

Connecticut Supreme Court.

State Justices Rule Family Pet Doesn't Qualify as 'Service Dog'


The 7-0 decision overturned a Superior Court judge who ruled the dog, Mellow, qualified as an emotional support animal under federal laws.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Protecting Clients Through Joint Defense and Common Interest Agreements

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

In many situations, co-defendants to a litigation may find that their interests are aligned and that they share a common goal: defeating the plaintiff's claims.